School of Creative & Cultural Business

Records Management

Short Course - 15 SCQF credits at level 11

Records Management 15 SCQF credits at level 11
Records management is the practice of maintaining the records of an organisation from the time they are created up to their eventual disposal.

This module enables you to identify and evaluate relevant legal, fiscal, organisational and historical incentives towards the development of records management policies, equipping you with the skills necessary to carry out records audits and information audits. It discusses issues related to document control, and to information governance, such as the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts, and their counterparts in other legislatures.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
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Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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15 weeks
On completion of this module, you will be able to:
  • Identify and appraise the factors which make a records management policy necessary
  • Devise and evaluate a records management strategy
  • Design and complete a records audit system
  • Design a records retention schedule
  • Utilise and evaluate critically electronic records management system (ERMS) to implement a records management strategy for a sample organisation

Topics covered:

  • History of records management
  • Benefits to organisation through effective records management
  • Legal requirements affecting records management policies
  • Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Public Records Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Environmental Information Regulations, Model Requirements for Electronic Records and Document Management, and other relevant legislation
  • Records life cycle
  • Records retention schedules
  • Electronic Records Management Systems (ERMS)
  • Case studies

You will learn through a mix of online lectures, interactive work and self-guided study. Attendance at the University is therefore not required.

All modules are credit rated and can be worth 5, 10, 15 or 30 credit points. This equates to the number of study hours required within the module, for example 50 hours for 5 credit points, 300 hours for 30 credit points.

All learning outcomes will be assessed by an exercise requiring the design of a records management strategy.

The SCQF modules can range from level 7 (undergraduate) through to level 11 (Masters) on the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF). You can undertake individual modules or build them up to gain an exit award.

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Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


On completion of the module you could progress to other modules within the Professional Development @ RGU programme or, providing you meet the entry requirements and credit transfer regulations, you would be able to use the credits gained from this module towards the MSc Information Management.
This is an online distance learning modules ideal for students who possess an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent in any discipline.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, should have either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.  You should note that modules taken through Professional Development@RGU are not eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship.

Course fees: £980
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:



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This module is part of the MSc Information Management course, which is accredited by CILIP

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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Register direct to the university using our online application form. 

Applications close 1 week prior to the start of the module. 

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